the Musical theatre of Nalchik there was held a ceremonial opening of
the Fourth FIDE Grand Prix chess tournament. The ceremony was
participated by KBR President Arsen Kanokov and FIDE President, the
Head of the Republic of Kalmykia Kirsan Ilyumzhinov.
In his greeting message Kirsan Ilyumzhinov emphasized that the
tournament has a rating of 2725 points, being the highest among all
the tournaments in this series.
The highest-rated chess players of the present time, the winners of the
recently held big international tournaments have arrived to the capital
city of KBR. I would like to gladly emphasize that Nalchik is becoming
one of the centers of the world chess development.
Last year we have successfully held here the World championship among
women, we are currently holding Grand Prix tournament. And if before
the beginning of the last year's championship even the leadership of
FIDE searched for the place name of Nalchik on the map, today many
millions of world chess players know and love the capital of
Kabardino-Balkaria, - Kirsan Ilyumzhinov underlined.
He also informed that there has been reached and agreement with the
leadership of KBR, on introducing chess into school program starting
from September 1st.
President Arsen Kanokov thanked FIDE leadership for having chosen
Nalchik as a place for Grand Prix tournament and pointed out that after
the World chess championship among women, the inhabitants of
Kabardino-Balkaria took great interest to chess playing.
- I travel much about the republic and I see, - he said, - the way our
children began to be engaged in this intellectual kind of sports, even
in the village chess clubs and children's hobby groups are functioning.
Hopefully, one day an inhabitant of Kabardino-Balkaria man or woman
will become world champion in chess.
The chief arbiter of the tournament of Vjachevlav Namruev held a draw
ceremony of the participants. The process appeared entertaining and
beautiful. Each of the players lead out a woman dancer of local
ensembles "Kabardinka " and "Balkaria" holding a sealed envelope with
the number of a chess player.
The official part was followed by a concert program of the best singers and dance groups of Kabardino-Balkaria.
The first games of the tournament begin tomorrow at 15.00.